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Eczema cream WARNING: Do NOT use this herbal treatment - NHS claims ‘more harm than good’

Eczema is a common condition that can make the skin become dry, itchy and cracked, according to the NHS.

Patients usually have periods where symptoms are less noticeable, as well as periods of particularly bad episodes - known as flare-ups.

You can help to relieve the dry skin condition by avoiding triggers, and by using moisturising creams.

But, you should avoid using Yiganerjing Chinese Medicine Cream, as it contains undisclosed steroids and anti fungal ingredients, the NHS and government urged.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) - a government division - has acted to stop the sale of the cream.

Yiganerjing Cream contains the steroid clobetasol propionate, which is the active ingredient in prescription-only medicines for eczema and psoriasis.

Creams contains steroids could be sued sparingly, as as directed by a doctor or pharmacist, the MHRA said.

“The sale of potent steroid creams directly to the public is illegal for good reason,” said MHRA Manager of the Medicines Borderline Section, Dr Chris Jones. “If used without medical supervision these medicines can be dangerous.

“Steroids must be prescribed by healthcare professionals who follow strict criteria when prescribing them and monitoring patients using them.

“They can suppress the skin’s response to infection, can cause long-term thinning of the skin, and if applied long term over a wide area, particularly in babies and children, can cause other medical problems.

“Our advice to anyone who is using Yiganerjing Cream, particularly on young children and babies, is to discontinue use immediately.”

There are topical corticosteroids and emollients available that could help to relieve the symptoms of eczema.

See a GP if you have symptoms of eczema, the NHS said.

Symptoms include itchy, dry, cracked, sore and red skin.

Some patients may have small patches of dry skin, while others may have widespread inflamed skin all over the body.

Eczema often occurs in people that get allergies, have asthma or hay fever.

Express.co.uk has approached Yinganerjing Chinese Medical Cream for comment.



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Arthritis pain - add this 41p vegetable to your shopping list to prevent joint pain

Arthritis is a common condition that can cause joint pain and inflammation, according to the NHS.

Other symptoms of arthritis include stiffness, restricted movement and muscle wasting.

Some treatments and therapies could help to ease arthritis pain.

But, eating more broccoli could help to prevent and reduce arthritis symptoms, scientists have claimed.

Eating broccoli could lower the risk of developing joint pain, according to scientists from the University of East Anglia.

The cruciferous vegetable contains the compound sulforaphane, which was revealed to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

But, the researchers found the compound could get into joints in sufficient amounts to reduce arthritis pain.

The findings could help the UK’s eight and a half million osteoarthritis patients, the scientists added.

“Osteoarthritis is a major cause of disability,” said researcher Ian Clark.

“It is a huge health burden but a huge financial burden too, which will get worse in an increasingly ageing and obese population such as ours.

“As well as treating those who already have the condition, you need to be able to tell healthy people how to protect their joints into the future.

“There is currently no way in to the disease pharmaceutically and you cannot give healthy people drugs unnecessarily, so this is where diet could be a safe alternative.”

The arthritis-fighting compound sulforaphane is also found in Brussel sprouts and cabbage.

Eating more vegetables could help to prevent arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

“Try adding broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale or cauliflower to your salad or stir-fry,” the foundation said.

You could also prevent arthritis by eating more omega-3 fatty acids and by losing weight, if you’re obese.



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Diabetes type 2 - 88p a day natural supplements ’SLASHED’ woman’s high blood sugar

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that affects about 3.7 million people in the UK.

The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to the hormone.

A lack of insulin lowers the amount of sugar that the body takes from the blood, leading to high blood sugar.

But, CuraLin supplements significantly lowered one patient’s blood sugar, it has been claimed.

Maureen Kersley, 72, was diagnosed with diabetes after a routine health check.

She was prescribed diabetes medication to bring her blood sugar down, but it caused unwanted side effects, Kersley said.

But, CuraLin supplements helped to reverse the condition, she added.

The supplements use all-natural ingredients, and are available from 88 pence a day.

“During a routine check with my GP, they uncovered that my HbA1c [glycated haemoglobin] was showing that I had diabetes, as it was well beyond the pre-diabetic level,” said Kersley.

“As soon as I was told, it felt like a death sentence as I know of all the symptoms it can lead to.

“I tried to manage my blood sugar levels with my diet alone; I generally eat well and don’t have a lot of sweet things but I still found it hard to keep my blood sugar levels down which made me nervous.

“I found Curalin on Facebook and it has changed my life already, in just a matter of weeks. I tried the first week trial pack and noticed almost straight away that my fasting blood sugar levels dropped from 8 or 9 down to 6.9.”

The dietary supplements, which aren’t a substitute for conventional treatment, combines traditional ingredients from across the world.

Ingredients include bitter melon, alma, turmeric, and fenugreek.

CuraLin presents an “amazing opportunity” to lower costs of managing diabetes on the NHS, said Kersley.

You could lower your risk of diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by losing weight if you’re overweight.



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Freezing weather means we're set for worst winter deaths crisis in DECADES

And people with health conditions including heart problems and asthma have been warned to take care and stay indoors as temperatures plummet.

Campaigners fear this winter could even bring "unprecedented numbers" of deaths amid forecasts of severe cold weather into mid-March.

Malcolm Booth, chief executive of the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, said: "Last year's excess winter death figures were pretty horrendous even though it was a relatively mild year.

"With a cold spell like this the risk is this number will rise if people, especially the elderly, do not take great care. We could be facing unprecedented numbers this year."

Last year saw 34,300 excess winter deaths in England and Wales caused by slips, falls and illness, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In the winter of 2014-15 there were 43,900 deaths, the highest number since 1999-2000 when there were 48,400.

Latest PHE figures reveal there have been 150 new admissions to intensive care units with influenza since mid-February.

More than 750 people were reported as being in hospital with the flu, including the deadly Australian strain, last week.

Dr Richard Pebody, PHE's acting head of respiratory diseases, said: "We have seen significantly more deaths than we'd usually expect to see this winter, particularly in over-65s in England.

"The very cold weather some areas have seen since Christmas and the strains of flu circulating this winter are likely to be important contributing factors.

"These both tend to affect the elderly and those with underlying conditions."

Charities have warned people with health problems to take extra care over the next few weeks.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director for Age UK, added: "Simple precautions such as wrapping up warm when going outside, sleeping with the windows closed at night and having plenty of hot food and drinks throughout the day can help keep these risks at bay."



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High blood pressure - add this 59p juice to your morning routine to SLASH your BP

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about one in every four UK adults, according to the NHS.

Hypertension puts extra strain on blood vessels, which deliver oxygen to vital organs.

The condition increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and vascular dementia.

But, you could lower your blood pressure by drinking more pomegranate juice, studies have claimed.

Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, which could help to reduce inflammation, and lower blood pressure.

Nutritionist Dr Josh Axe said: “Pomegranates have been shown to prevent and naturally treat everything from inflammation and high cholesterol to high blood pressure and hyperglycaemia.

“The juice of pomegranate seeds contains different types of antioxidants and bioactive polyphenols that have been reported to promote cardiovascular health, including healthy blood pressure levels, through several mechanisms.”

The best pomegranate juice is 100 per cent pure, he added.

The “powerhouse” fruit juice could also help to reduce arthritis symptoms.

Pomegranate seeds could reduce the onset of collagen-induced arthritis, studies revealed.

Some scientists have also claimed pomegranate can lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer.

Other reported benefits of the fruit juice include improved memory, better heart health, and a better resistance to bacterial infections.

The only way of knowing if you have hypertension is to get your blood pressure checked, the NHS said.

All adults should get their blood pressure checked at least every five years.

You can check your hypertension risk by seeing your GP, or some local pharmacies.

Lower your risk of high blood pressure by losing weight if you’re overweight, doing more exercise, and cutting back on salt.



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Early dementia signs - these symptoms could indicate that you're at risk of Alzheimer's

  • Dementia signs can be difficult to spot in its early stages
  • Small mistakes while carrying out everyday tasks could be a sign of condition
  • Mood changes, being repetitive and a decline in navigational skills could indicate early dementia
  • About 850,000 people have dementia in the UK

Making small mistakes while completing everyday tasks could be a very early sign of dementia, scientists have revealed.

Accidentally leaving a teabag in a mug of coffee, or checking the fridge for milk that’s already on the side, could be a sign that cognitive ability was already fading, according to a US study.

Future Alzheimer’s disease patients could miss out vital steps of everyday tasks, while those diagnosed with other types of dementia struggled to sort steps into the right order, the study found.

Other early signs of dementia include a decline in navigational skills, changes in mood, and being repetitive.

“Early on, we can look at very subtle errors called 'microerrors’,” said Dr Tania Giovannetti, author of the study.

“If you have more of those, then you are more vulnerable to decline in future.”

Declining navigations skills, or how people find their way around, was another early sign of the condition, a separate study revealed earlier this year.

Some key structures of the navigational network in the brain were sensitive to ageing and pathological factors, said the researchers from the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Quick changes to mood or behaviour could also be a warning sign for dementia, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Depression could also be a sign of the condition.

“Everyone can become sad or moody from time to time,” said Alzheimer’s Disease International. “A person with dementia may become unusually emotional and experience rapid mood swings for no apparent reason.

“Alternatively a person with dementia may show less emotion than was usual previously.”

Dementia patients may also repeat something they’ve said before.

Repeating a word, question or activity could be an early sign of the condition, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

One in 14 people over 65 will develop dementia, figures have shown. One in six over-80s will develop the condition.

By 2025, it’s estimated that the number of people with dementia in the UK will reach one million.



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Irritable bowel syndrome - FIVE natural ways to cure IBS constipation and stomach pain

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects the digestive system, according to the NHS.

It’s usually a lifelong problem, and can have a big problem on a patients’ everyday life.

The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but the pain may be linked to spasms in the bowel.

You could get rid of IBS pain by adding these five natural remedies to your diet.

Probiotics could help to promote healthy bacteria in the gut, and may help to reduce symptoms.

“Try probiotics for a month to see if they help,” said the NHS.

You’ll want between 50 to 100 billion units every day, a nutritionist claimed.

Also, try taking digestive enzyme supplements before meals.

The supplements could help with nutrient absorption, and may ease stomach pain.

L-glutanamine supplements may help to relieve signs of IBS too, according to medical website Healthline.

“Tissues in the intestine use this amino acid as a fuel source to function well,” it said.

“L-glutamine may help people who experience these symptoms regularly, or who’ve received an IBS diagnosis.

“In some instances, it’s believed that IBS itself could be the result of an L-glutamine deficiency.”

One and a half cups of aloe vera juice may help to heal the digestive system, said nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.

If the juice isn’t for you, you could also try taking 1,000mg of fish oil supplements everyday.

It’s believed fish oil can reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.

IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world - about 10 to 15 per cent of people have the condition.



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Dementia WARNING: This daily habit could raise risk of developing condition

A study by researchers at Oxford and Cardiff found drinking just three and a half glasses of wine a week is enough to raise the risk of dementia.

A study of more than 13,000 adults is the largest of its kind to show the link between even low levels of alcohol intake and damage to the brain.

Both men and women who drank just over one unit of alcohol a day suffered a decline in brain function over four years.

One unit of alcohol equates to one measure of spirits, half a small glass of wine or half a pint of beer.

Now researchers are calling for a “discussion” over whether Government guidelines of 14 unites a week should be lowered for older adults.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists are set to publish a review into the harm drinking causes to over-60s. It will be released next Wednesday.

Authors believe 14 units a week is an “unsafe” level for many older adults because of the increased risk of dementia and other illnesses, according to the Daily Mail.

Professor Simon Moore of Cardiff University said: “We’re drinking ourselves to stupidity. If you want to remain healthy in your later years you should really minimise how much you drink.

“If you’re planning on drinking more than ten grams a day (1.25 units) you’re increasing your risk of dementia. If, for example, last week you were drinking on average ten grams of alcohol a day, about a bottle of prosecco that week, but then next week you increase that to two bottles of prosecco, you’re putting yourself at significant risk.”

There are 61,000 new cases of dementia every year, and no cure. Study authors claim alcohol is contributing to the skyrocketing rates of new cases.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Public Health, followed 13,342 adults aged 40 to 73.



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Leukaemia symptoms - what is the aggressive blood cancer acute myeloid leukaemia?

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a cancer of the white blood cells, according to the NHS.

The cancer is very aggressive and usually requires immediate treatment.

The condition is caused by stem cells producing too many young white blood cells.

The white blood cells aren’t developed enough to fight infections, and leads to a decrease in red blood cells.

“It's not clear exactly why this happens and, in most cases, there's no identifiable cause,” said the NHS.

“However, a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing acute myeloid leukaemia have been identified.”

You’re more likely to develop the condition if you’ve had chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

If you’ve been exposed to high levels of radiation, or the chemical benzene, you could be at risk.

“The symptoms of AML usually develop over a few weeks and become increasingly more severe.

“See your GP if you or your child have the symptoms.

“Although it's highly unlikely that AML is the cause, these symptoms need to be investigated and treated promptly.”

Pale skin, fatigue, breathlessness and a fever are all signs of the blood cancer.

Other symptoms include weight loss, frequent infections, easily-bruised skin and joint pain.

“In rare cases of AML, the affected cells can spread into the central nervous system,” said the NHS.

“This can cause symptoms such as headaches, fits (seizures), vomiting, blurred vision and dizziness.”

About 2,600 people are diagnosed with AML every year in the UK.



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This Morning’s Dr Chris urges people to get diabetes tests - cases double in 20 years

Diabetes is the fastest growing health crisis of our time, according to This Morning’s Dr Chris Steele.

The number of diabetes cases have doubled in the UK over the past 20 years, it was revealed by charity Diabetes UK.

Almost four million people have the high blood sugar condition.

But, Dr Chris urged the public to get checked, as more than one million aren’t even aware they have type 2 diabetes.

“What concerns me is there’s one million without diabetes and they don’t know they have it,” said Dr Chris.

“The interesting thing about this is that people aren’t too concerned about diabetes.

“The think ‘it’s just a bit of sugar in the blood’.

“Working from the top down, you could lose your sight, have heart attacks, gangrene, kidney transplants…”

Diabetes UK called for stricter restrictions on junk food and advertising to slow down the condition’s rise.

“Diabetes is the fastest growing health crisis of our time; and the fact diagnoses have doubled in just 20 years should give all of us serious pause for thought,” said the charity’s Chief Executive Chris Askew.

“Both type 1 and type 2 are serious conditions that can lead to devastating complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney disease, stroke and heart disease if people don’t receive a timely diagnosis and begin receiving the right care.”

About 90 per cent of all diabetes cases are type 2, the NHS said.

Signs of the condition include feeling very tired and passing more urine than normal.

Unexplained weight loss and having an unquenchable thirst are also symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

See your GP if you’re worried about diabetes symptoms.

Early diagnosis is crucial, as it will get progressively worse if left untreated.



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What cough do I have? Signs of dry, chesty, tickly and mucus coughs - and how to treat it

Coughs are usually caused by a cold or flu infection, according to the NHS.

They could also be caused by smoking, heartburn, or some respiratory health conditions.

There’s normally no reason to see a GP, and the cough clears within three weeks.

But, with so many different types of cough, each with different treatments, it’s best to know what type of condition you have.

Dry cough

A persistent dry cough can be painful and intense.

It may even cause patients to avoid coughing, because they’re afraid of the pain that follows.

“A dry cough can be felt in your throat rather than in the chest, as opposed to the chesty and mucus coughs,” said cough medicine manufacturer Benylin.

“Dry coughs are caused by an inflammation of the upper airways.”

There’s usually no phlegm with dry coughs.

Some dry cough medicines help to suppress the coughing mechanism, while helps the patient to feel better.

Dry, tickly cough

A dry, tickly cough can feel uncomfortable and irritating.

It may feel as if someone is tickling your throat as you’re talking.

“The irritated area in the throat produces a tickly sensation causing you to cough.

“A sore throat can also be experienced with a dry & tickly cough, as the constant coughing may irritate the throat.”

Cough mixtures help to soothe the irritate area of the throat, relieving the tickling sensation.

Chesty cough

“When you’ve got a chesty cough it can feel tight as if someone was squeezing your chest too hard,” said Benylin.

“Chesty coughs are caused by a build-up of phlegm in the lungs and result in chest congestion.”

The cough can be caused by dusty, bacteria or viruses entering the lungs and causing an infection.

Cough medicines help to loosen phlegm in the chest, making it easier to cough up.

It also contains a decongestant, which relieves the feeling of being tight-chested.

Mucus cough

“When a wet mucus cough sits on your chest it feels heavy as though an octopus is weighing down on your chest,” said Benylin.

“When you get a cold, more mucus is produced to trap the viruses or bacteria.

“This mucus can gather in the respiratory system and a cough reflex is triggered to help remove it.”

You can loosen mucus in the chest by taking some mucus cough remedies. Loosening the mucus makes it easier to cough up.



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Suffering with heartburn? Apple cider vinegar could cure your condition

Heartburn describes the burning sensation in the chest caused by stomach acid moving up the throat - known as acid reflux - according to the NHS.

The condition can cause an unpleasant taste or bitter fluid at the back of the throat.

Bad breath and chest pain are also signs of heartburn.

But, taking apple cider vinegar everyday could prevent heartburn, according to nutritionist Cassandra Burns.

“Contrary to what you may have thought, it’s more common to have too little stomach acid than too much,” said Burns.

“Having low stomach acid can cause many of the problems that people associate with indigestion, including burping, nausea and even heartburn symptoms.

“Taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a small amount of water before a meal can help to balance stomach acid levels.

“However, do not try this if you are already taking a prescribed medication to reduce stomach acid.”

Certain foods could also increase your risk of heartburn symptoms.

Red wine, cheese, oranges, peppermint and nuts could all trigger the condition.

Alcohol irritates the stomach by increasing the amount of acid it produces, and can make heartburn significantly worse.

It also makes it easier for the acid to reflux back into the gullet, causing irritation.

You can ease heartburn symptoms at home by eating smaller, more frequent meals, the NHS said.

Raising one end of your bed, by putting something underneath the mattress, could also help to reduce symptoms, as it prevents stomach acid from travelling up the throat.

Speak to a pharmacist if you keep getting heartburn.

Some medicines, known as antacids, may help to relieve the symptoms



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Postcode lottery: Some women are twice as likely to die from breast cancer

Analysis shows how inequalities in diagnosis and treatment are potentially putting thousands of lives at risk.

The crisis last night sparked calls for health bosses to urgently address geographical variations in services across England.

The damning report, by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer, said: “Our inquiry has uncovered a concerning postcode lottery in screening uptake, early diagnosis and access to breast cancer services across England. This variation in NHS services can have a devastating impact on patients’ lives and must be addressed.”

All women aged 50 to 70 are invited for routine mammograms every three years as part of the NHS screening programme.

About a third of all breast cancers in the UK are diagnosed this way, with the programme preventing 1,300 deaths each year.

But research shows attendance has declined in all areas of the country except London over the past decade, with “significant disparities” across England.

The proportion of eligible women screened in the past three years in Leicestershire passed 80 per cent last year, while in Blackpool it was 55.4 per cent.

The report also reveals that breast cancer is diagnosed much later in some areas, potentially reducing a patient’s chances of survival.

The variation ranges from 61.9 per cent diagnosed early (stage 1 and 2) in NHS Gloucestershire to 88 per cent in NHS Rushcliffe in Notts.

Some 90 per cent of women who have breast cancer diagnosed at stage 1 survive for five years compared with 15 per cent who have it diagnosed at stage 4.

At a local level there is a huge disparity in death rates, ranging from a high of 31.9 per 100,000 people before the age of 75 in Newark and Sherwood, Notts, to national low of 13.3 per 100,000 in Tower Hamlets, east London.

Meanwhile, 13 per cent of UK breast radiologist posts remain vacant and a further 20 per cent of these specialists are due to retire in the next five years.

In some areas almost a third of women have to wait longer than a fortnight to see a specialist.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “This crucial report highlights geographical variation in NHS breast cancer services on a worrying scale. It shows many women are missing out on the best care this country has to offer and this is totally unacceptable.

“We urge NHS England and Public Health England to take immediate action to help prevent more breast cancers, detect the disease earlier and ensure all women receive fair access to the care, treatment and support they need.



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Diabetes toll has doubled to 3.7m in two decades

Experts say 3.7 million are blighted by the illness – an increase of 1.9 million since 1998 – and they fear it is only the tip of the iceberg.

A further 12.3 million are at increased risk of lifestyle-driven Type 2, a preventable but deadly condition caused by the UK’s obsession with sugary snacks.

The epidemic last night prompted Diabetes UK to call for stricter restrictions on junk food advertising and a clampdown on supermarket price promotions.

Chief executive Chris Askew said: “Diabetes is the fastest growing health crisis of our time; and the fact diagnoses have doubled in just 20 years should give all of us serious pause for thought.

“Both Type 1 and Type 2 are serious conditions that can lead to devastating complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney disease, stroke and heart disease if people don’t receive a timely diagnosis and begin receiving the right care.

“We want the Government to recognise the seriousness of the growing crisis, take action to help those at increased risk, and help us turn the tables on this devastating condition.”

Type 1 sees the body automatically destroy its own insulin-producing cells but Type 2 is largely brought on by chronically unhealthy lifestyles.

The number of people diagnosed with both types has increased by almost 100,000 in just a single year, rising from 3,590,501 to 3,689,509.

The charity estimates there are one million people who have diabetes but are not aware of it.

It means 25 per cent of the UK population has, or could develop, the debilitating illness.

Diabetes now costs more than £10billion a year to treat – 10 per cent of the NHS budget.

Bradford has the UK’s highest prevalence of diabetes with one in 10 living with the condition. The national average is 6.6 per cent.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: “For at least the last decade successive governments have been repeatedly warned the disease, triggered by obesity, could bring down the NHS. For the last 20 years no serious strategy has been produced to tackle it.”



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Prostate cancer symptoms: Six factors that can increase the risk of the deadly disease

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and because it develops slowly there may be no signs you have it in the early stages.

Symptoms often become apparent when your prostate is large enough to affect the tube that carries urine form the bladder to the penis - the urethra.

Many men could confuse an enlarged prostate with one of the symptoms of prostate cancer. (/life-style/health/920784/cancer-symptoms-signs-prostate-diagnosis-enlarged-treatment)

It’s not known exactly what causes prostate cancer, according to the NHS, but a number of things can increase your risk of developing the condition.

These include:

Age - risk rises as you get older and most cases are diagnosed in men over 50 years of age.

Ethnic group – prostate cancer is more common among men of African-Caribbean and African descent than in men of Asian descent.

Family history – having a brother or father who developed prostate cancer under the age of 60 seems to increase the risk of you developing it. Research also shows that having a close female relative who developed breast cancer may also increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.

Obesity – recent research suggests that there may be a link between obesity and prostate cancer.

Exercise – men who regularly exercise have also been found to be at lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

Diet – research is ongoing into the links between diet and prostate cancer. There is evidence that a diet high in calcium is linked to an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

The health body adds: “In addition, some research has shown that prostate cancer rates appear to be lower in men who eat foods containing certain nutrients including lycopene, found in cooked tomatoes and other red fruit, and selenium, found in brazil nuts.

“However, more research is needed.”

National treasure Stephen Fry revealed on Friday he has been battling prostate cancer.

He revealed the shock revelation in a 12 minute video uploaded to Twitter, where he also said he underwent an operation in January. 

So what are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

The NHS lists the following:

Needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night

Needing to rush to the toilet

Difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)

Straining or taking a long time while urinating

Weak flow

Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully

Do you have to have a rectal exam to check for prostate cancer? 



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UK weather WARNING: Snow and freezing temperatures could trigger this painful condition

Temperatures in Britain have taken a sharp dip today and officials have warned the elderly and those with health conditions take extra care.

The outlook for the weather this week shows temperatures struggle to get above freezing as bone-chilling winds sweep in from the Russian Arctic.

While many will be excited over snowfall in parts of Britain, the cold blast could cause people with arthritis to feel as if their joints are more painful and stiff.

There’s no evidence that changes in the weather causes joint damage, but the NHS offers one explanation and a top tip to avoid such a feeling.

The health body says: “Many people get a little depressed during the winter months, and this can make them perceive pain more acutely.

“Everything feels worse, including medical conditions.”

Daily exercise can boost a person’s mental and physical state.

Swimming is ideal as it’s easy on the joints.

Freezing temperatures could also triggers symptoms of Raynaud’s disease in some people.

This is a common condition that makes your fingers and toes change colour and become very painful in cold weather.

The NHS explains on its Choices website: “Fingers can go white, then blue, then red, and throb and tingle. The small blood vessels of the hands and feet go into spasm, temporarily reducing blood flow to your hands and feet.”

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